Thursday, January 1st, 2015

LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette
LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette

LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette & Alter Ego Set ($30.00 for 0.54 oz.) includes a palette of four blushes (each is 0.105 oz.) and a full-sized lipstick (0.12 oz.). The blushes had good color payoff with soft, silky consistencies–the mattes could be a little dusty to work with but didn’t look powdery on the skin–and lasted between eight and nine hours on me. They layer and mix well with each other, so you can adjust the warmth/coolness of your look as well as the shimmer level. This is a limited edition, ULTA exclusive for spring (I don’t have an exact release date yet).

I didn’t even realize initially that it came with a lipstick, and I thought the price point was great for four blushes, but the lipstick itself is a $16 value (LORAC states it’s a “$116 value” all-in-all) since it is full-sized (the shade included is also part of the permanent range, should you fall in love and finish it). I’m not in love with the Alter Ego lipstick formula, as I find it can be on the chalky side, though at least it isn’t a stiff or dry formula to apply. It is a thicker consistency, so there is some drag, and the edges always look dry/dragged, so it’s a formula that benefits greatly from applying with a brush or using a brush to blend out those edges (fingertip would work, too, but it can be less precise).

Underrated is a lightly muted, medium pink with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a very silky, smooth consistency that could sometimes feel dusty and kick up excess powder, but it sits well on the skin and doesn’t look dry at all. It blends easily and lasted for eight hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unashamed is a bright, light-medium blue-based pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. This one seemed to darken on the skin, as some mattes do, if the skin has any natural oil to it (so if you have really dry skin, you may not notice any darkening). It had rich color payoff (a little goes a long way!), but the texture was more powdery than Underrated to work with, so it requires more patience during application. The texture still feels silky and smooth, and it blends fairly easily on the skin. On me, the color lasted for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unapologetic is a medium-dark brown with a warm, golden sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that made it really easy to work with. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before it seemed to start breaking down. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Unimaginable is a brightened, light-medium pink-peach with a white frost running through it. The color payoff was good, while the texture was soft, blendable, and forgiving–it didn’t emphasize pores at all, despite its more frosted finish. On deeper skin, this may look more like a highlighter with little color impact, as on my medium complexion, it yielded noticeable, but subtle, color and sheen. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Girl Next Door is a light-medium, yellow-toned pink with a matte finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage right out of the tube, but the consistency was thicker and seemed almost chalky when applied. It’s comfortable to wear for the most part, though it is somewhat drying over the last hour or so of wear. On me, the color stayed on well for five and a half hours but some color pulled into lip lines after three and a half hours. It is vanilla-scented but had no discernible taste for me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, December 29th, 2014

Dolce & Gabbana Eva Glow Illuminating Powder
Dolce & Gabbana Eva Glow Illuminating Powder

Dolce & Gabbana Eva Glow Illuminating Powder ($68.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a very pale, muted yellowed beige with a light dusting of silver sparkle. It looks mostly matte on the skin, in terms of finish, and at most, it gives the appearance that the area it applied is lighter. I couldn’t think of another highlighter that had a similar color or finish.

I can’t say that this really worked to illuminate on my skin tone at all–maybe if I looked very closely and there was a fair amount of light. I could barely detect it, which might make it more suitable as a finishing or setting powder, though when I attempted to use it that way, I looked ashy (so I think it would be a shade that might work better for very light to fair skin tones). The powder itself feels very soft and finely-milled but terribly powdery; there’s a lot of excess that gets kicked up as soon as the brush touches the surface, and it can easily look powdery on the skin if you’re not careful. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to achieve the “radiant glow” described by the brand. In order to test wear, I just layered more heavily on cheekbones so I could actually see it, and it was noticeably faded within six hours.

The version featured in this post is the Collector’s Edition, but the shade itself is available permanently for $51 (without the red lacquered cover/design on the powder).

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Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Dolce & Gabbana Desert Bronzing Powder
Dolce & Gabbana Desert Bronzing Powder

Dolce & Gabbana Desert Bronzing Powder ($68.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. Urban Decay Naked on the Run Bronzer (LE) is lighter. MAC Matte Bronze (LE, $70.00) is less yellow. Tarte Park Ave. Princess (P, $29.00) is darker. MAC Love, Rihanna (LE, $25.00) is warmer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is darker. MAC Soft Sand (LE, $25.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The version pictured in the post is the Collector’s Edition, though the color itself is available year-round in the permanent collection (without the red lacquered case and design on the powder itself) for $51. I believe the permanent version has no shimmer overlay, as the Collector’s Edition had a ton of bronzy shimmer (which I did my best to remove prior to swatching) on about half to two-thirds of the surface of the powder. It’s not too yellow or orange, but it is likely a better fit for warmer skin tones. The texture is soft and finely-milled but somewhat powdery, and it tended to sheer out more readily as a result. It had buildable coverage, but I felt like you had to be careful not to blend it too much or else it would disappear. It lasted for six and a half hours, which is on the shorter side for face products on my normal skin.

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Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Sephora + Pantone Universe Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio
Sephora + Pantone Universe Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio

Sephora + Pantone Universe Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio ($28.00 for 0.39 oz.) is a limited edition set of two blushes and a highlighter. This year’s trio is definitely worth considering from the Color of the Year collection, as much like last year, it’s pretty good overall (could wear a little longer) with good color payoff, soft, blendable textures, and has good value. It’s a warm-toned set of shades, so if you prefer cooler-tones, you might check out some of the dupes listed.

Spanish Villa is a golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency. It does slightly emphasize pores if you’re not careful–I found using less dense brushes (like fan brushes) made it really easy to get luminous results that didn’t also make my pores stand out. On me, it lasted for seven hours before fading. Just a heads up, this is the same shade in last year’s Color of the Year blush trio. Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is darker, warmer. Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $45.00) is more metallic, lighter. bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow (P) is yellower. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more golden. Giorgio Armani Belladonna (LE, $88.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Coral Pink is a light-medium peachy-orange with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It looks mostly matte on the skin, though, even when really buffed and worked into the skin. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and smooth, but it was a smidgen powdery, which may translate to chalky depending on the skin tone. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that was moderately buildable. When I tested it, the color lasted for seven hours on me. Chanel Caresse (180) (LE, $45.00) is darker. Surratt Beauty Duchesse (P, $32.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Smitten (P, $9.99) is darker, more orange. MAC Corol #1 (LE, $21.00) is pinker. Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is similar. Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is darker, cream. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is darker, more beige. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marsala is a medium-dark, plummy brown with warm, reddish undertones and a satin finish. It had excellent pigmentation that was very blendable with a soft, smooth texture. The color didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. NARS Almeria (LE, $29.00) is cooler-toned, darker. Gucci Beauty Cherry Nectar (P, $49.00) is darker. Tom Ford Beauty Contour (Softcore) (LE, $55.00) is cooler-toned. Bobbi Brown Nude Beach Blush (LE, $26.00) is browner. NARS Seduction (P, $29.00) is darker, cooler-toned. NARS Lovejoy (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, slightly more plum than red. MAC Stylish Me (LE, $21.00) is browner. MAC Ambering Rose (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer. Illamasqua Allure (P, $26.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Chanel Angelique (190 Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Angelique (190 Joues Contraste Blush

Chanel Angelique (190 Joues Contraste Blush ($45.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “coral.” It’s a medium coral that leans slightly pink, but it is quite close to true coral to my eye. It had a matte finish, even when buffed and worked into the skin. I think it will a little pinker if you have naturally pink undertones. Tarte Pampered (LE, $26.00) is similar. MAC Fleeting Romance (P, $23.50) is darker. Tarte Bashful (LE, $26.00) is pinker. MAC Sideshow You (LE, $21.00) is similar. Illamasqua Flirtatious (LE, $26.00) is more orange, cream. Urban Decay Streak Blush (P) is slightly pinker. NYX Apricot (P, $5.00) is similar. Dior Corail Bagatelle (763) (LE, $43.00) is darker, pinker. MAC Autoerotique (LE, $25.00) is darker. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $27.00) is lighter. NARS Day Dream (LE, $29.00) is similar. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a new blush, just released with Chanel’s spring collection. If you’re unfamiliar with the formula, it’s described as a “silky” blush with “buildable coverage” and “easy application.” The texture is very silky and finely-milled, though a smidgen on the powdery side if you’re not careful. It had buildable coverage that went from semi-sheer to semi-opaque. It sits well on the skin and doesn’t look powdery or too flat, though there’s no sheen at all. The silky consistency made it easy to blend on the skin as well. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours on me before fading.

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Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Rose
Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Rose

Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Rose ($55.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “duo of pinks.” It’s a light-medium, muted pink with subtle, neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It seems to have less sheen than a satin, but it’s not quite matte once it is blended and buffed on the skin. MAC Modest Blush (LE, $27.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $21.00) is a touch lighter, cooler. Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is warmer. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is very similar. Divergent Misty Rose (LE) is darker, warmer. Make Up For Ever #330 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. NARS Love (LE, $29.00) is warmer, darker. bareMinerals Glamour (LE, $19.00) is similar. MAC Formal (LE) is slightly cooler-toned. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is similar. theBalm Houndstooth (P, $22.00) is darker, cooler-toned. NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is similar. NYX Dusty Rose (P, $5.00) is slightly darker. MAC At Dusk (LE, $25.00) is darker. Illamasqua Naked Rose (P, $26.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The texture is finely-milled, but it’s also a little firm, particularly in comparison to Chanel’s blushes and cheek products. It had decent to good, somewhat buildable pigmentation, though it is a subtler shade. I’m medium (about NC25/NC30), and it is subtle on my skin tone, so it might be one to try in-store for those with similar or darker skin tones. I would also recommend using a smaller blush brush, as a larger one didn’t seem to swirl quite as well in the pan, so it applied the colors unevenly. I noticed this more because the blush itself didn’t blend as effortlessly as many Chanel blushes do. On me, the color lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. I was surprised to see it only contained 0.10 oz., whereas a regular blush contains 0.21 oz., though the compact itself is the same size as the Joues Contraste blushes.

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